Annual herb from a short taproot; stems 1 to several, simple to branched, 5-35 cm tall.
Basal leaves few to several, not forming a tuft, soon deciduous, elliptic-lanceolate to oblanceolate, 5-25 mm long; stem leaves longer and narrower, pointed at the tip.
Inflorescence of a 1 to few flowers on stalks 1-4 cm long; corollas pale pink to nearly white, 9-19 mm long; calyces slender, 6-9 mm long and as long as or longer than the corolla tubes, deeply lobed; anthers 1.5-2.0 mm long and slightly twisted.
Capsules, slender, 12-18 mm long; seeds egg-shaped, honeycombed, pitted, brown.
If more than one illustration is available for a species (e.g., separate illustrations were provided for two subspecies) then links to the separate images will be provided below. Note that individual subspecies or varietal illustrations are not always available.
Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Centaurium exaltatum (Griseb.) W. Wight ex Piper
Centaurium nuttallii (S. Watson) A. Heller
Cicendia exaltata Griseb.
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